Which Sun Devil great will have his name called next? (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
A quick refresher for those just coming in: we are using the current 2012 first round draft order and present team needs. The wrinkle is that the draft pool consists only of former Sun Devils throughout the program's history, with all players being viewed as if they were entering the draft after their final season at ASU. Got it? Good.
Let's begin with the Cincinnati Bengals' second selection of the first round.
21) Cincinnati Bengals: Derek Hagan, WR
With the luxury of two first round picks, the Bengals can look to offense after bolstering the defense four picks earlier. After striking gold in last year's draft, they give their offense another weapon in Derek Hagan. After an incredibly productive collegiate career, Hagan presents a big bodied and sure-handed threat to work the short-to-intermediate routes while his counterpart goes deep.
22) Cleveland Browns: Woody Green, RB
Another AFC North team upgrades the offense. The Browns took John Jefferson at No. 4 to help through the air, and now they take an elite running back to shore up the ground game. Green leaves ASU as the all-time leading rusher, and with solid size and great skill, he can be the every down threat the Browns desperately need.
23) Detroit Lions: Phillipi Sparks, CB
The Lions front seven has some talented playmakers and they help their secondary with Sparks. At 5'11", 195 pounds he has good size, but his coverage and ball skills give him the potential to be a very good starter in the league.
A team with few holes, the Steelers could use a boost in their interior offensive line, a spot that Pollak fits well. A two-time all conference performer, Pollak has the size and mobility to play both center and guard. A high-motor player, Pollak should challenge for a starting role immediately.
With Champ Bailey reaching the end, it's time for Denver to get his heir apparent. Omar Bolden is just that player. He has proven to be recovered from his torn ACL, and offers an terrific blend of size, speed, cover skills and leadership. A tremendous value pick at 25.
The Texans have no lack of weapons on offense, but their defense could use a boost after the trade of DeMeco Ryans. They bolster a linebacking corps with Derek Smith, a player whose total is greater than the sum of his parts. Nothing about him is extraordinary except his production, and in the end, that is all that matters.
27) New England Patriots: Shante Carver, DE
A much maligned defense, the Patriots add a ferocious pass rusher in Carver. A first team All-American selection over his final two years, Carver brings terrific size off the edge at 6'5", 250 pounds and the speed and strength to get to the quarterback frequently.
28) Green Bay Packers: Darren Woodson, S
The Packers need an edge on defense, so their selection of Woodson makes sense. A former walk-on, Woodson is a very talented and athletic defender who is among the most ferocious hitters the school has ever produced. At 6'1", 220 pounds, Woodson brings an intimidating presence to any defense.
A perennially potent defense is beginning to get long in the tooth, especially along the backline, so they turn to a versatile and athletic former Sun Devil. Archuleta is a dynamic 6'0", 225 pound safety prospect who was a two-time first team All-Pac 10 selection and the conference's Defensive Player of the Year as a senior. With a blend of speed, ferocity and instinct, he should fit in well on the Raven defense.
30) San Francisco 49ers: Derrick Rodgers, DE/LB
The rich get richer. Already one of the elite defensive teams in the NFL, the 49ers add a terrific pass rusher in Rodgers. At 6'3", 230 pounds, the former collegiate defensive end is a great fit for San Francisco's 3-4 set, using his speed and tenacity to terrorize quarterbacks off the edge.
31) New England Patriots: Pat Tillman, SS
Continuing their defensive rebuilding, the Pats use their second first-rounder on Pat Tillman, an overachiever who fits the Patriots' mold perfectly. After garnering the Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year award as a senior, the former linebacker will move to safety to help bring some sure tackling, intelligent play and unmatched leadership to the defensive backline.
After losing two tight ends in the Super Bowl, the reigning champs get a dynamic playmaker to take over. Heap was a phenomenal threat at ASU, he earned two first team all conference selections and was an All-American in his final year. At 6'5", 245 pounds, Heap should dominate the intermediate area between the hashes for years to come.
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